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Israel-Lebanon maritime dispute explained

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Lebanon will not yield its maritime territory to Israel, Lebanese officials… Matthew Joaquin Al Jazeera Beirut, Lebanon – Earlier this month, the new Lebanese government, led by President Michel Aoun, published a tender to explore untapped gas and… Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abou Khalil has said that the offshore resources could be a major economic boost for the… Israel-Lebanon maritime… Read More »

Opinion: After a Historic March, What’s Next for Women?

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Last week, we were treated to a news photo that will live in infamy: two dozen white male Republican congressmen (and zero women) around a White House conference table talking about dumping maternity and… Tina Brown The New York Times It instantly went viral: “A rare look inside the GOP’s women’s health caucus,” tweeted Senator… Seven days later, the… Opinion: After a… Read More »

Serious Tax Reform Will Come to DC This Year

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Congress has backed itself into a… Grover G. Norquist The National Interest Substantive tax reform will pass in… Its outlines are clear and the details are… Keep in mind that the tax-reform package will be passed through the reconciliation process, which requires that changes not increase the deficit in years eleven to… Anything goes in the… Serious Tax Reform… Read More »

The Demise of the Anatolian Tiger

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Turkey’s Struggling Economy Turkey’s economy is suffering badly amid the country’s political… By Maximilian Popp Spiegel Investors have lost confidence, tourists are staying away and the lira is rapidly losing… President Erdogan hasn’t grasped the severity of the… Until recently, Haci Boydak was a… The Demise of… Read More »

It’s better to be rich and mediocre than poor and bright in the UK, admits Education Secretary

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Experts say UK ‘among least socially mobile countries in… Will Worley Independent Lower-achieving pupils from rich families earn more than talented poorer children, the Education Secretary has… Justine Greening was speaking at a conference on social mobility, which she described as a “cold, hard, economic imperative” for the… It’s better to… Read More »

To Fix Marriage, We Need To Fix Divorce

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Marriage is in decline. In roughly 35 years, or about two generations depending on the age of marriage, the percentage of married men aged 20-39 has halved. Leslie Loftis The Daily Caller This is not a conundrum only for the curious. The decline of… To Fix Marriage… Read More »

The new trend of bans against Muslim countries

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Muslims, who are the already victim of the negative image perpetrated by Western countries, faces the new rising trend of weird bans in the same countries Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah In a press conference held by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel back in February this year, the chancellor used the term “Islamist terror.” President Erdoğan took… The new trend… Read More »

World Agrees To Just Take Down Internet For A While Until They Can Find A Good Use For It

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NEW YORK—Saying the global computer network will cease to be available to users as of midnight tonight, the people of the world announced plans Wednesday to shut down the entire internet… Godaddy The Onion According to the earth’s 7.5 billion inhabitants, the internet—a technology that allows every human on the face of the planet to communicate and share data with every other human—seemed like an… World Agrees To… Read More »

Protests with many participants and unified message most likely to influence politicians

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2017 — Protests that bring many people to the streets who agree among themselves and have a single message are most likely to influence elected officials… American Sociological Association Eurek Alert “We found that features of a protest can alter the calculations of politicians and how they view an issue,” said Ruud Wouters, an assistant professor of political communication and journalism at… Protests with many… Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 13:  A couple walk past a large banner showing the portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Taksim Square on March 13, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey will hold its constitutional referendum on April 16, 2017. Turks will vote on 18 proposed amendments to the Constitution of Turkey. The controversial changes seek to replace the parliamentary system and move to a presidential system which would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive authority. Campaigning will officially begin on February 25 with a pro referendum rally to be held in Ankara and attended by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

What the upcoming referendum means for Turkey. Zia Weise Politico ISTANBUL — The cure-all for Turkey’s ills is close at hand — if you believe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: a ‘yes’ result in next month’s referendum would restore security and stability, the president… Erdoğan’s power… Read More »

Sincerity is not enough: the problem with the problem of sincere disbelief

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Michael Collett’s thoughtful article “God and the problem of sincere disbelief” must have touched a nerve. Michael Jensen ABC Within an hour of it being published on Wednesday, I received a flurry of emails from believing Christians asking me what I thought. Collett and I… Sincerity is not… Read More »

No, wealth isn’t created at the top. It is merely devoured there

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Bankers, pharmaceutical giants, Google, Facebook … a new breed of rentiers are at the very top of the pyramid and they’re sucking the rest of us dry Rutger Bregman The Guardian This piece is about one of the biggest taboos of our times. About a truth… No, wealth isn’t… Read More »

Australians are not racist: Hanson

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Australians aren’t racist because criticism is not racism, Pauline Hanson said as she spoke in parliament in favour of changes to race-hate speech laws. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Australians are not racist, insisting criticism is not racism as she backs proposed changes to race-hate speech laws. The Senate is… Australians are not… Read More »

Land Day 2017: Israel’s relentless land grab continues

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As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year’s Land Day. Rachel Borrell Al Jazeera News Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first… Land Day 2017… Read More »

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

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Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? Başak Çalı Euractiv There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı. March saw unusually… Stop the political… Read More »

The uncertain future of democracy

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09:  Voters head to the polling booths inside the Webster School gymnasium February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tuesday is the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primariy, the 'First in the Nation' test for presidential candidates from both parties.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Joshua Wong was 17 when he was first arrested for his political views. Douglas Heaven BBC News But by then he had been taking part in pro-democracy protests for more than three years. In 2011, aged… The uncertain future… Read More »